Okay, so me and puggywuggy decided that we should do X-Files recaps. Somehow I ended up with Irresistible. So, without much further ado, my sadly mostly lacking in snark recap. Done by hand, so all grammar, dialogue mistakes and general unwittyness of it are blamed on that. I'm crazier when I'm typing.
The X-Files Season 2 – Irresistible
The episode opens on a funeral, a brunette woman is giving a eulogy for Jennifer, a very pretty blonde. A slightly creepy man in the back is watching, the funeral director walks over to tell him that the family requested a graveside service so he rescheduled burial for the next day. Creepy guy watches the family pay their final respects before going to the casket and petting the girl’s hair, saying what a beautiful girl she is. I swear, this episode is so much creepier than anything involving aliens ever was. He closes the casket lid and we cut to the funeral director walking to some really, really dark room (yay for the darkness crew), he hears a noise and starts calling out, asking who’s there before finally shutting on a light. “Donnie,” he sighs in relief, oh, poor funeral director, what a bad time to be relieved. He wants to know what the hell the creepy dude, Donnie, is doing there so late. Donnie says he was working, funeral director is incredulous, and then he sees the scissors in Donnie’s hand and the blonde hair all over the floor. FD wants to know what the hell Donnie is doing and walks over to open the casket, only to find that poor Jennifer’s hair has all been cut off. He tells Donnie to get out and never come back, threatening to report him. Donnie walks out into the hallway and practically through my TV screen.
EEE! Old Credits! Dana and Fox are oh, so cute. And while the credits are rolling I feel compelled to do that thing where I point out what other shows actors have been in. Donnie was on the second episode of Gilmore Girls (The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton), he flirted with Lorelai and I tried to scream at her through the TV to run FAR AWAY, because Donnie was going to eat her spicy brains. But did she listen? NO! Luckily she soon realized she was wearing daisy dukes and cowboy boots and ran away with Rory to find the headmaster’s office…never to see Donnie again. THANK GOD. Oooh, The Truth was Still Out There at this point in the show. And to think, people probably actually believed they might find it and it wouldn’t suck major ass and involve the love child of our two heroes to be adopted out into some really stupid Farm Couple Ranch where they’ll never understand him and he’ll become a sociopathic 6 year old who uses his major league alien powers to burn the house to the ground. Or, Chris Carter will just forget that William was a maybe-alien.
Mulder, Scully, and a random cop are walking through a graveyard; I must admit the rain is a nice touch. Props to British Columbia. Anyway, the random cop guy is filling them in on why they were called in, basically, he saw the corpse and immediately called some guy at MUFON, “You know him,” he says to Mulder. “No, I don’t.” “Well, he knows you.” Mulder wants to know why random cop called MUFON. Agent Bocks (yay, he has a name) says that there’s been reported activity in the area, “it shows all the tale-tell signs, don’t you think?” He says that the hair and nails are cut away like in cattle mutilations. Mulder says that it’s not the work of aliens, Bocks wants to know how he can tell; Mulder explains that he saw this sort of thing when he was in violent crimes. We get a shot or two of Scully look like she’s totally gonna hurl at any moment. Mulder briefly profiles a suspect for Bocks, and Bocks slightly stunned asks, “You think a human did this?” Mulder confirms, “If you can call him that,” then he asks Scully if she’s okay. She says she’s fine (shocking), it’s just the first time she’s seen a desecrated body. Mulder is understanding and notes that nothing can prepare you for it, “It’s unimaginable.” Scully asks why they do it. Mulder explains, “Some people collect salt and pepper shakers, fetishists collect dead things – hair and fingernails. No one quite knows why,” he then jokes that he never understood salt and peppershakers either. Leave it to Mulder to joke after just seeing a desecrated body. He may be unbelievably cute and funny, but he occasionally lacks a bit of tact. Scully seems to share my opinion as she says she is surprised that the body didn’t shock him. He explains that he prepared himself before they left Washington. “You know this wasn’t UFO related?” Mulder says he’d suspected as much. Scully says it took them 3 hours to get there, and their plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow night, so why are they there? Mulder pulls out football tickets, “Vikings vs. Redskins, Scully. 40-yard line in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. You and me.” And while under normal circumstances I would squee and possibly giggle while saying it’s practically like a date, I’m rather perturbed with how much of an asshat Mulder can truly be. And why the hell wouldn’t he at least warn Scully about the body? He could’ve done that without letting her know that he thought it wasn’t aliens. Ass.
The time stamp informs us that we’re at Ficicello Frozen Foods (say that three times fast). A woman is interviewing a perspective worker, Donnie Pfaster *shudder*. She wants to know if he’s from the Twin Cities area, he says he is but he was away for a few years being an all around body-desecrating-creep…well, he didn’t say the last part. Interview Lady (who I shall call Crazy Brows, as her brows are crazy) asks what work he did before; he says he was in Cosmetology – hair and makeup. Crazy Brows says that’s very interesting, but you get the distinct feeling that she is now very uncomfortable with Donnie. Donnie then compliments and identifies her lipstick. Crazy Brows actually seems flattered by this. That poor lady. She says that he’s applying to be a deliveryman, and he says yes, that it’s to put himself through college. She asks him what he’ll be studying: Comparative Religions. Crazy Brows wants to know if Donnie is religious, he says he’s very religious, she explains that she probably shouldn’t say this, but the boss feel strongly about religious backgrounds because he prides himself on the honesty of his employees. Let this be a lesson, anyone can claim to be religious. Donnie wants to know if she can put that on the application, she says she’ll attach and note and then WINKS at him. That girl needs help, and eyebrow guru to the stars, Anastasia. Donnie thanks her.
Now we see a football game, Agents Bocks is watching it in his office. Mulder and Scully walk in, Agent Bocks apologizes for making them miss their game, but they found more bodies Scully wants to know if they got the forensics report back on the first body yet. Bocks says there was somebody in the grave, thank you, Captain Obvious, the gravedigger cut the hair with pinking sheers. Captain Obvious is still flabbergasted, Mulder cracks that at least he wasn’t down there with his dippity-do and blow dryer. Mulder wants to know how many bodies have been dug up; Captain Obvious says that it’s 3 in 2 days. Scully flips through photos of the body while Mulder asks specifically what was done to the bodies. Captain Obvious says that the hair was cut from the first two and on the last the fingernails were ripped out with what looks like needle-nose pliers. Scully audibly gasps and shuts the folder. Ditto, Scully, ditto. She walks out of the room while Mulder gives instructions about sending out an eyes-only memo to everyone in the office and other law enforcement agencies in the area. Captain Obvious wants to know what it should say, Mulder says that the Twin Cities may have an escalating fetishist on their hands, and that security should be tightened around city cemeteries, mortuaries, funeral homes, and hospitals should be notified. A story should be issued to the press that there’s a possible stalker on the loose. Captain Obvious is irked because apparently the idiots in Minneapolis/St. Paul don’t lock their doors. I live in a town of 3600 people, 2 miles from a main road and I STILL lock my doors. Anyway, Mulder tells him to leave out the more gory details, Bocks wants to know why he wants to alarm the people if this guy only preys on the dead. And while my tape is pause to write this bit by bit, I SO know the answer to this question. Mulder explains that his compulsion may be escalating and he may resort to homicide to get his corpsies and once he gets a taste of a warm body…well, boy-howdy. Captain Obvious scoffs, he says he’s been isolated in the great white north for too long, Mulder wonders what he means by this. Bocks explains that they almost never caught this one kill in Milwaukee because no one wanted to believe it could happen. Mulder says if they can catch this guy before he kills then maybe they can go right on believing that. Captain Obvious says he doesn’t have the manpower or expertise, and it could be Monday or Tuesday before they get their ducks in a row. Why is the football game on on a Saturday afternoon? Whatever. Mulder looks at the game still on the TV set. Scully sits down in a chair in the waiting area as Mulder sticks his head out of Bocks’ door and tells her they have some work to do, she doesn’t respond until he calls her by name and she says, distractedly, that she’ll be right there. I wonder if Mulder is even noticing how this case is messing her up at this point. She just SO wants to throw up. Poor Dana.
Scully writing her report. Pretty much just profiling Donnie Pfaster and noting that Mulder things he’s escalating. Been there, learned that. I wonder if Skinner ever gets her reports and wonder why the hell Scully gets so philosophical when there’s probably no reason to. Also, how Mulder can eat Chinese food while profiling this case is beyond me, but he is rather cute while doing it.
Donnie picks up a hooker and takes her back to his place. She asks if he has any heat, because it’s freezing. He doesn’t answer and instead says he’d like to run her a bath. Hooker (who from now on shall be called Blondie) walks into the bathroom. Donnie asks her if her hair is treated. Blondie, who looks rightfully confused, asks what he means, he reiterates asking if she needs a shampoo for chemically treated hair. Blondie is all, “You want me to shampoo my hair?” Donnie offers to pay extra if it’s something out of the ordinary. Blondie says no one has ever asked her. Well, no shit. Donnie watches as she removes her shoes. And scarily enough, I think my nail polish is really, really close to hers. The telephone starts ringing; Donnie excuses himself and goes to answer it. It’s Crazy Brows calling to tell him he got the job. Blondie comes in all freaked out about how cold the water is and sees all the funeral home stuff around his apartment. She starts screaming at him not to come near her, Donnie turns to the camera and makes that face that people make on here when they’re about to become a dog, or have another person crawl out of their mouth etc.etc. Anyway, Blondie McHooker runs down his hall still scream, and thus he goes after her. Poor Blondie.
Cut to a police car. Captain Obvious informs Mulder and Scully that they’re still waiting on someone to ID the body, but judging by the location, she’s probably a working girl. Scully gets her puke face on again at the sight of the body. Another police officer brings up a random “working girl” who practically collapses when she sees the body, she’s escorted away mumbling about who would do this to Blondie. Captain Obvious runs down the usual list of clues that it’s the same guy, but notes that he took some fingers this time, he asks if they want to see the body, Mulder says yeah and starts to walk over with Captain Obvious. He turns and looks at Scully questioningly; she tells him she needs a minute. She turns around and makes the face that I’m surprised didn’t stick after she made it so much this episode.
Donnie is on his frozen food delivery route. A nice lady (who I shall call Nice Lady) that is in the process of making cookies opens the door and lets him in. Nice Lady chats with Donnie about the guy he’s replacing, her daughter walks in and says she’s going to a friend’s house. Nice Lady introduces her to Donnie, she says hi and leaves. Nice Lady tells Donnie that she and her husband have three daughters. Donnie sets a creepy look on his face and asks if he can wash his hands, Nice Lady tells him where the washroom is.
Donnie washes his hands, while drying them he notices the wastebasket. Eww. He rifles through until he finds a wad of hair. Now, I know, I should be grossed out by the dead bodies and what not, but that is totally DRAIN HAIR. Eugh. He smells the drain hair and stuffs it in his pocket, opening the door to see Nice Lady standing there. She tells him that if they’re ever not there they always leave the backdoor unlocked. Okay, so she’s a stupid Nice Lady. Donnie says vacuum…sorry, Just Shoot Me reference. Donnie says, “thank you. I’ll remember that.”
County Morgue. Someone is unzipping the bag with Blondie’s corpse. Scully walks in to a voiceover. It’s all about how bodies tell a story; she then lists everything I ever learned about determining cause of death from CSI autopsy scene. She continues with what she found on, or rather missing, from the body and says that outside child homicide, “it’s on of the most angry and dehumanizing,” murders she’s seen.
Cut to Mulder observing a lineup with Blondie’s friend and Captain Obvious. Bocks is exasperated with the woman as she says it definitely wasn’t any of the men in the lineup, because he looked “normal, not like a freak.” Bocks asks what colour car he was driving, she says she thinks it was white. Captain Obvious tells her she can go, just leave a name and number where she can be reached. Mulder tells her it might be a good idea to take that week vacation her boss (aka PimpDaddy) owes her. Bocks says the guy will be almost impossible to find, Mulder says only until he murders again and they can figure out what’s driving him. Captain Obvious says he’s read Mulder’s profile and it just sounds like someone who can’t make it with women, which would explain the hooker. Mulder says the hooker was just convenient, and that eh killer is after trophies. Mulder continues about how there’s a deeper psychosis, and unfathomable hatred of women, probably leading back to his mother. He says they need to contact the psychiatric facilities in the area and see if they have any record of someone with that kind of disorder.
Now Donnie is in a classroom, that’s right people, never go to school…ever again. He is watching a young blonde woman run her manicured hand through her hair and across her neck. Poor BlondeStudent. The teacher is giving some sort of lecture about fairytales and Freud, and I promise, no deep thoughts about my Scully/Mulder/Samantha Freudian theories. Anyway, we cut to BlondeStudent in the parking lot walking to her car in the dark. She starts to get into her when Donnie clears his throat and tells her he’s in her mythology class, she doesn’t remember him. Donnie says he was just going to his car when he saw her and wanted to know if they were supposed to read chapters 10 and 11 or 11 and 12. BlondeStudent looks mildly relieved and digs through her notes telling him it was 10 and 11. She starts to get in her car but Donnie grabs onto her car door, she says she has to leave, he says, “don’t go.” She tells him to let go of her door then pushes him down AND RUNS THE OTHER WAY, screaming for help. Why the fuck didn’t she just get in her car and either drive away or run over him? This is the eternal question.
Scully’s back in the morgue. She pulls back the sheet and, gom, it’s her! She bolts away, woken by the telephone ringing. It’s Mulder, he says they think they have the guy, she says she’ll get dressed.
Captain Obvious is telling Mulder and Scully that the guy has a history of assault and got reported by a security guard that saw it all. We get a look at the guy in the cell…it isn’t Donnie. Mulder asks who cut the suspect, Captain Obvious tells him that it was the working girl, apparently they all carry knives, he goes on that they definitely have their guy. We zoom in on Scully and as her face blurs and the background sharpens we see Donnie Pfaster gazing at her. *cues ominous music*
Fade back in to murmuring by the suspect; Mulder, Scully and Captain Obvious exit the cell. Mulder says it’s not the guy, Captain Obvious says he really thought they had him. Psychic!Scully rears her pretty little head as Scully turns to look at Donnie in his cell, she looks a little unnerved and catches up to Mulder and CO, asking if she can have a minute with Mulder. CO says he’ll wait out front. Scully tells Mulder she thinks she’d do better on the case if she rand through the fingerprint evidence back in Washington. Mulder says, “Scully, if you’re having trouble with this case, I want you to tell me.” Scully assures him that she’s not troubled; he tells her he understands that it’s not easy to stomach. And in this brilliant way, seriously, she responds that she’s fine, and continues that she thinks they’re just a long way from catching the guy and if she can get a print back in Washington they’d have something to focus on, but right now they’re at a stand-still. Mulder says it’s a good idea, he just doesn’t want her to think has to hide anything from him. Mulder softly says that he’s seen field agent with 20 years experience fall apart on cases like this. She repeats that she’s fine, and that she can handle it. Mulder watches as she walks out. There are some seriously amazing gazes going on in this scene. And just the tone Mulder is using with Scully…I just think it’s one of those scenes that greatly captures the chemistry they have with each other. Also, does he touch her arm right before she leaver or am I insane?
Donnie in his cell is asking the old suspect what his name is, the guy is all De Niro with his, “you talkin’ to ME. ARE YOU TALKING TO ME??!?!” thing. Donnie says yeah, and wants to know if those were FBI agents, the Old Suspect (now known as Scarface) says yeah, Donnie wants to know what they were asking him. Scarface says they thought he was some freak who’s been digging up corpsies. Donnie asks what their names were, Scarface doesn’t remember Mulder’s but says that the woman was Scully, “like that baseball announcer.” Heh. The guard comes to let Donnie out of prison as soon as he talks to the psychiatrist.
Microscope zoom in on fibers. Some guy says there’s not much to go on, satin apparently doesn’t hold prints well, he tells Scully there might be a latent print somewhere in the bloodstains but he figures the killer wore gloves. She says the body was shipped on the plane with her so it should be there within an hour. He says he’ll check it out and wants to know when Scully will be leaving. She says she has a flight back scheduled for that night, but she might cancel. Poor Scully.
In the hallway we see the door to the Employee Assistance Program, Scully goes in. Scully is telling the therapist how in Medical School “you” form a clinical detachment to death, in FBI training “you” are confronted with the most violent, terrible cases and “you” think “you” can look into the face of pure evil, until “you” find yourself paralyzed by it. The therapist asks Scully if she realises she’s been referring to herself in second person. Scully looks mildly startled and says she didn’t, near tears she says it’s probably another way of separating herself from it. The therapist (now called Sue, don’t ask why) says Scully is a strong person who thought she could always handle her problems alone, but is now feeling vulnerable, she asks if Scully knows why. Scully sort of whispers that she doesn’t. Sue wants to know if there’s a problem with her partner, a trust issue. Scully immediately says no, and lets the smallest of all smiles slip past, she says she trusts him as much as anyone, trusts him with her life. Sue asks if she can tell her partner how she feels. Scully says she doesn’t want him to know how much it’s bothering her. Sue says she knows Scully lost her father last year, and that she was very ill recently (oh, so nearly dying due to an alien abduction that sucked out your ova is “very ill”?), Sue says these things can leave a person very vulnerable. Scully says she’s aware of this, she continues that she knows the world is full of predators, and that it is her job to protect people from them, she relies on that to give her the ability to do her job, but she’s lost that faith and want, needs it back. Gillian is absolutely, drop dead, BRILLIANT in this scene. She just kicks its ass.
Back to the fingerprint guy, Scully walks in and he tells he’s been looking for her, she says she had a meeting, he tells her he has good news. Basically, he found a print on Blondie’s thumbnail. Scully says she has to call Mulder, fingerprint Bob says that someone called for her, not Mulder, but an agent working out of Minneapolis. Scully asks if he told the agent about the fingerprint, he tells her he hadn’t found it yet. Scully tells Mulder (over the phone) about the print, Mulder relays the message to Captain Obvious (who thinks it’s FANtastic), Mulder asks Scully if she is staying in D.C, she tells him she’s flying into Minneapolis that night. Mulder starts to say something about how horrific the case is, but she interrupts and assures him that she’s okay with it, “besides, you could use my help.” Mulder responds, “Always,” and I’m close to a shipetic coma during this entire episode. *sigh* Anyway, Scully asks if Mulder or Bocks called for her earlier. Mulder informs her that they didn’t, she hmms and assures him she’ll see him when she gets there. Oh, Scully.
Seemingly random FBI raid. It’s Donnie’s apartment, Bocks says he’s not there and to put an APB out on him. Mulder pulls fingers out of the fridge and shows them to Captain Obvious. Yummy.
Scully walking out of the rent-a-car place and driving away, and holy shit…it’s Donnie. He’s stalking our Dearest Dana. He follows her and begins ramming her car with his. We flash to break. Don’t go into the light Dana! Oh, the intensity.
Mulder in Captain Obvious’ office, he says Scully should be there by now. Bocks tells him she was on the flight that landed three hours ago. Random Female Agent pokes her head in the door and says they found Scully’s car. And now we’re outside. Mulder inspects Scully’s car. He says she was forced off the road by a white car, and Bocks needs to get his guys on it.
Oh, yikes, Donnie’s car in front of a really spooky house. He’s running bath water. Then goes to retrieve bound and gagged Scully. Poor Scully.
Bocks is in his office checking on cars registered to Donald Pfaster, there are none, he hangs up the phone, all frustrated. He describes the paint to Mulder, apparently there’s like a kragillion cars with that colour. Mulder, who was on the phone with the rent-a-car place, which doesn’t have anything helpful either. Mulder has frustrated rant about how fucked up the universe is, Captain Obvious wants to know how the hell they’re going to find her since Donnie could've taken her anywhere. Mulder says they have to start at the beginning, and as nasty as it sounds they have to get in Donnie’s head. Where would he go. Captain Obvious says anywhere but his mother’s, Mulder asks why he would say that, CO says because he’s so pissed at her, according to Mulder’s profile. Mulder asks if they know where Donnie’s mother lived, CO says he doesn’t know, Mulder suggests that they find out.
Back to Donnie, who was not only on Gilmore Girls but also CSI in an episode I would’ve loved even more than I already did had I not been so horrifically scarred by his hair. Sorry, got sidetracked. Donnie has a knife; he stalks toward Scully who looks suitably horrified.
Captain Obvious tells Mulder that MommyPfaster lives in Boca Raton, or at least she did before she died. Mulder asks if she had a car registered to her, she did, a white sedan. Mulder speculates that Boca Raton was just a winter house and asks if she had a residence in Minneapolis.
Back to Poor Scully, she tells Donnie to get the hell away from her. He doesn’t. But instead cuts the ropes off her ankles and begins…morphing. Well, okay, that was unexpected. He strokes Scully’s hair and tells her not to be afraid. Sure. Right. Psychotic murderer fetishist petting my hair, not weird or frightening. Pushing her into the bathroom he asks if her hair is normal or dry. Silly Donnie, Scully doesn’t even USE shampoo. She uses Windex, duh. Scully starts back away, Donnie asks her where she’s going and gets up to grab her, she manages to push him into the bathtub and takes off down the hallway, he struggles out of the bathtub and stalks after her. He calls out that, “there’s no way out, girly girl.” Oh no he di’int. Dude, do not call her girly girl, she’ll kick your ass. He grabs his gun and goes to hunt down poor Scully, he says there’s nowhere to hide. He finds her in an upstairs closet, where she sprays him in the eyes with what I think is Raid and rushes past him. He catches her on the staircase, because, hello, she’s injured and he’s like a foot taller than poor little Dana. They tumble down the stairs and the gun goes flying, landing like a foot away from them. But, being the kick ass person that she is, she manages to grab it before he does…with bound hands no less, she points at him, and just when he knocks it out of her hands in bust the FBI crew.
Mulder screams for some paramedics to attend to Scully, she’s all tremblyish but says she’s fine; she just wants him to get her wrists unbound. She asks how they found her, Mulder explains about the house and asks if she’s sure she doesn’t want to sit down and let someone check her. She says she’s fine, Mulder lifts her chin so she’ll look him in the eye and that’s when she finally breaks down and cries. I personally love that it took her a little while to wrap her arms around him. Anyway, he strokes her hair and whispers that it’s all right. And yes, I actually am close to a shippy coma of sighness.
Then we get a Mulder voice over that basically, brilliantly, sums up exactly why this episode is one I consider in the top lists of all the seasons. There’s something about the episode that almost makes you wish he’d been an alien or a monster, because the fact that he is just a human being is so much scarier than any of the mytharc of MOW episodes ever were.